Japan with Justin Warner
April 16 - 23, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heritage & Tradition
Experience Japan at its most timeless and delicious with Chef Justin Warner
April 16 - 23, 2024
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
8 Days, 7 Nights
The best of Tokyo, Izu, Osaka, Kyoto
You’ve packed more into the past few days than the past few years. First Tokyo, a Blade Runner-like world of subways and skyscrapers, tiny ramen shops and tinier speakeasies. Then, Izu for masterclass in Japanese hospitality and onsen culture. After that, the bullet train to Osaka, the culinary capital of Japan for a whirlwind street food tour. And now you’re here in stunning Kyoto, its crooked canals and ancient shrines all blend together to create a fairy-tale world of both whimsy and delight.
Joining you on this culinary odyssey is Chef Justin Warner, winner of Food Network Star and author of the trendsetting cook book, The Laws of Cooking: And How to Break Them. Justin is insatiably curious, a trait that has helped him get to know all the hidden joys of Japan. We simply cannot wait to follow his culinary passion and curious playfulness through the back alleys, noodle shops, and fine-dining icons of Tokyo and Kyoto.
If you find joy in immersing yourself deeply in Japanese culture and cuisine, this trip is for you. If you’re fascinated by ancient rituals and artisans who’ve been perfecting their crafts for centuries, join us in Japan alongside Justin Warner.
With Justin, and with some of Japan’s most inspiring chefs and working artists
Tokyo and Osaka—the most exciting, dynamic food cities in the world. We'll eat everything
Kyoto's layers of history, back-alley noodle joints, bustling markets, swanky cocktail bars
Grace, beauty and centuries of history at monumental shrines and traditional ryokan inns
3 Reasons to Travel with Justin Warner
A self-taught chef and insatiable soul, Justin Warner is exactly the kind of human who can unlock the secret flavors of Japan. He's also the the kind of human who can feast his way through the world of Marvel Comics—just ask the avid fans of his Eat the Universe Marvel cookbook—and prepare the perfect bowl of ramen. In Japan, he's determined to deliver sheer delight one bento box at a time.
Justin has finger on the pulse of Tokyo youth culture. With him as our guide, we'll uncover the secret world of Shibuya and mingle with local manga artists, too.
Fly Fishing Karaoke
Justin is not just willing to try anything once—he's willing to put in the time and make it a passion. Hear him do karaoke or watch him tenkara (Japanese style of fly fishing) and you'll see what we mean.
Tokyo, South Dakota
Justin's ramen shop in Rapid City is not just a testament to his belief in locally sourcing ingredients for all types of cuisine. It's also an ode to everything he loves about Japan. It may also be the only restaurant in the world to serve bison-bone ramen.
Catered to the artistic soul, this boutique hotel is a haven for makers and dreamers looking to decipher the heartbeat of Tokyo. All the rooms come equipped with incredible sound systems, while gallery openings and concerts unfold nearly every night in common spaces.
Ancient traditions are alive and well at this luxurious 150-year-old ryokan, its traditional architecture and sleeping quarters providing an oasis of calm and a respite from the cares of the world. Legend has it that this ryokan's on-site hot spring was brought forth 1,200 years ago to allow a devoted son to wash his ailing father’s back. Today the gentle, mildly alkaline waters continue to soothe the spirit.
Housed in the former Kyoto Central Telephone Office, the Ace Hotel is a masterclass in renovation and revitalization. This newly remixed hotel—replete with in-room turntables and several soaking pools—was dreamt up by Japanese designer Kuma Kengo alongside the LA-based design firm, Commune.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; all gratuities for tour leaders and local guides.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins in Tokyo, Japan. There are two airports servicing Tokyo – Narita International Airport (NRT) and Tokyo International Airport, Haneda (HND). Our adventure ends in Kyoto, Japan. Your flight home from Kansai International Airport (KIX) should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later on our final day.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens do not need a visa to visit Japan for Business or Tourism purposes. Requirements are subject to change and we will reach out directly with full details and updates.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,800 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
This adventure has a maximum of 12 guests. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before October 18, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after October 19, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after February 16, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that your cancelation terms may differ if you are being transferred from a prior departure; see your correspondence from Modern Adventure for details.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.